NINDS Health Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program


The NINDS Health Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program addresses the critical need for a robust and diverse scientific workforce that brings together different perspectives.. Launched over a decade ago, this eight to 10-weekResearch training program offers over a dozen participants the opportunity to learn about brain and nervous systemsResearch. The program focuses on neurological disorders and healthcare disparities and seeks to provideResearch and career development opportunities for Native American students, along with students from other underrepresented communities. Interns work with mentors in the NINDS Division of IntramuralResearch, where they are immersed in basic, translational, and clinicalResearch. In addition to performing full-timeResearch, interns engage in professional development opportunities that allow them to network with high-level Native AmericanResearchers and not-for-profit stakeholders.

Learn more about the program.

Program Goals

  • Diversify the biomedicalResearch workforce
  • Recruit students with a background and interest in Native American issues and healthcare disparities


Public-Sector Partners:

Private-Sector Partners:

Individual Partners:

  • Caroline M. Devine*

*provides financial or in-kind support for this program.

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